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Organizers of the first Southwest Wine Competition have announced the winners, among them, Garrett Estate Cellars, based in Olathe, Colo., for “Best of Show.”

 

“Overall, for myself and the other judges, the quality level of the wines submitted was extremely high and it was consistent all the way across the board,” said competition organizer Harry Haff, a sommelier and teaching chef at Arizona’s Le Cordon Bleu. “These wineries are out there doing everything they can to produce good wine and it’s working.”

 

Among the more than 75 wines submitted to the competition, syrah and petite syrah were prominent. There were late harvest wines and fruit wines (including an incredible watermelon wine). The largest selection of wine came from Colorado and Texas—the states of the southwest that have both the densest populations and oldest population of wineries.

SW_Wine_Compeititon-winners 

As for the Best of Show wine, “We couldn’t get enough of it,” Haff said.

 

Mitch Garrett, owner of Garrett Estate Cellars is modest about his success.

 

“I’m getting to a point where I look at these competitions to see how our wines matches up against everything that’s in there,” he said, adding he has recently been submitting his wine to a number of competitions in Colorado, California and even internationally. “We’re working to make quality wines that are dry and affordable.”

 

With 35 acres in current production and possibilities of expanding another 20, Garrett said he's pleased with the white wines being produced on his estate and his reds are in the process of maturing.

 

Another top scorer, Red Caboose Winery, has been garnering attention around the country. The winery, which produces about 5,000 cases per year with plans to increase production in coming seasons, was named one of the Top 10 Hottest Brands of 2012 by Wine Business Monthly.

 

The father-son team Gary and Evan McKibben taught themselves winemaking from old books and approach their craft with an old-world, natural focused mentality.

 

 

Check out the rest of the wines that won and ask for them next time you’re at your local wine shop.

 

Haff said the response he received from wineries was very positive and he’s expecting an even stronger turnout next year. In the meantime, he’s organizing a competition for craft distillers in June.

 

WINNING ENTRIES

 

2013

SWWC

WINERY

CATEGORY

 

MEDAL

Kiler Grove Trebbiano

W 01

WHITE VARIETAL/BLEND

Bronze

Garrett Estate Cellars

W 02

Chardonnay 2010

Silver

Aspen Peak Cellars

W 02

Chardonnay

Silver

Perrine Winery

W 03

Sauvignon Blanc

Silver

Grande River Vineyards

W 03

Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Gold

Aspen Peak Cellars

W 04

Riesling 2012

Silver

Garrett Estate Cellars

W 04

Riesling 2010

Gold

Guadelupe Vineyards

W 05

Gewürtztraminer 2011

Silver

Garrett Estate Cellars

W 05

Gewürtztraminer 2009Silver

 

Garrett Estate Cellars

W 07

Viognier 2011

Gold

Texas Roads Winery

W 09

Pinot Gris 2010

Silver

Garrett Estate Cellars

W 09

Pinot Gris 2010

Silver

Fire Mountain Wines

W 11

Viognier-Grenache 2010

Silver

Spero Winery

W 12

Malvasia Blanca 2008

Bronze

Sugar Ridge Winery

W 13

Green Apple

Silver

White Water Hill Vineyards

P 1

Merlot Rose

Bronze

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

P 1

Grenache Rose 2012

Silver

Kiler Grove Winegrowers

P 1

Saignee Rose 2011

Silver

Sweet Dreams Winery

P 2

Outlaw Red 2011

Bronze

Aspen Creek Cellars

R 1

285 Fusion

Bronze

Texas Legato

R 1

Petite Sirah 2010

Bronze

Red Caboose Winery

R 1

70/30 Blend

Silver

Snowy Peaks Winery

R 1

Cinsault 2011

Bronze

Kiler Grove Winegrowers

R 1

Petite Sirah 2009

Gold

Red Caboose Winery

R 1

Lonoir Tempranillo 2010

Gold

Snowy Peaks Winery

R 1

Petite Sirah 2010

Bronze

Garrett Estate Cellars

R 1

Pheasant Run Red

Bronze

Red Caboose Winery

R1

Red Cab 50/50

 Gold

Snowy Peks Winery

R 1

Eleve

Bronze

Perrine  Winery

R 2

Pinot Noir

Silver

Snowy Peaks Winery

R 3

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Silver

Spero Winery

R 3

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Gold

Light Catcher Winery

R 4

Merlot 2007

Bronze

Snowy Peaks Winery

R 4

Merlot 2010

Silver

Perrine Winery

R 4

Merlot

Silver

Whitewater Hill Vineyards

R 4

Merlot 2009

Silver

Red Caboose Winery

R 4

Merlot 2010

Silver

Texas Legato 

R 4

Merlot 2010

Bronze

Light Catcher Winery

R 5

Bobcat Syrah 2010

Silver

Allis Ranch Winery

R 5

Reserve Syrah 2005

Bronze

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

R 5

3 Sisters Syrah 2010

Silver

Grande River Vineyards

R 5

Syrah 2010

Gold

Spero Winery

R 5

Syrah 2008

Silver

Garrett Estate Cellars

R 5

Syrah 2009

Bronze

Snowy Peaks Winery

R 5

Syrah 2010

Bronze

Whitewater Hill Vineyards

R 5

Shiraz 2010

Silver

Texas Legato

R 6

Legato Malbec 2010

Silver

Spero  Winery

R 6

Malbec 2008

Silver

Grande River Vineyards

R 6

Malbec 2010

Silver

Snowy Peaks Winery

R 6

Malbec 2010

Silver

Sugar Ridge Winery

R 7

Legends

Gold

Spero Winery

R 8

Zinfandel 2007

Gold

Snowy Peaks Winery

R 9

Cabernet Franc

Silver

Garrett Estate Cellars

R 9

Cabernet Franc 2009

Bronze

Allis Ranch Winery

R 10

Grenache 2009

Gold

Fire Mountain Wines

R 11

Fire 2010

Gold

Red Caboose Wienry

R 13

Some of that Red

Gold

Light Catcher Winery

R 13

Laughing Goddess 2010

Silver

Chapel Creek Winery

A 1

Norton 2010

Silver

White Water Hill Vineyards

D 1

Zero Below 2012

Gold

Sugar Ridge Winery

D 1

Mora Negro

Silver

Perrine Winery

D 1

The Huguenot Solstice

Gold

Aspen Peak Cellars

D 1

Mocha Zinsation

Bronze

Sweet Dreams Winery

D 5

Pear Wine

Silver

Sugar Ridge Winery

D 5

Little Green Apple

Silver

Sweet Dreams Winery

D 5

Watermelon Wine Summer T

Gold

Texas Legato

D 5

Mirtillo

Bronze

BEST OF SHOW: GRAND RIVER VINEYARDS SYRAH 

 

RED

 

BEST OF SHOW: GARRETT ESTATE CELLARS VIOGNIER

 

WHITE

 

GRAND CHAMPION: GARRETT ESTATE CELLARS VIOGNIER

 

BEST OF SHOW

 


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